Holden Village Trails Autumn Ablaze I

Chelan Ranger District

This work party starts at 8:30AM
Sat, Sep 24 to Sat, Oct 01, 2011


Holden Village

Lake Chelan, at Holden Village. Ice cream is the first thing that people think of when they visit historic Holden Village. There is more, much more. First comes a boat ride up Lake Chelan, then a bus ride to the Village which was an historic mining camp that has been converted to a retreat center. We will be staying in the Village. Then there are the trails that lead into the Glacier Peak Wilderness area, all awaiting your attention. On your day off you can browse through the historic mining town, or you can explore the many trails that lead from the camp.

Holden Village lodging

You'll have cabin accommodations in Holden Village. Be prepared to hike three to five miles a day with 1000 feet of elevation gain.

Autumn at Holden Village should find the surrounding mountains ablaze in spectacular colors. Holden is set in a beautiful glacier formed valley. A former mining camp, it now serves as a retreat center. There are several trails that lead out of the village that we will spend time performing annual maintenance on. Important Details: We will be staying in Holden Village which affords us hot showers, soft beds, (linens provided) fresh bread, a library, bowling, ice cream and good company. We will be enjoying our meals in the main dining hall with the other guests. As guests of Holden Village, we will be asked to abide by their community discipline, including attending Vespers services. Please refer to Holden's website to find out more about life in Holden. You will be responsible for your own boat ticket on the "Lady of the Lake" and can be purchased at Fields Landing. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

Home to craggy peaks and glacial lakes, the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest features a variety of terrain that calls to all manner of outdoor enthusiasts. Despite its distance from urban centers, this extensive national forest gets plenty of visitors who flood the area each season for its stunning scenery and backcountry experiences.

A Lutheran retreat, Holden Village is undergoing an overhaul during a mine remediation, slated to last until 2016. While the mine is being cleaned up, the village is remodeling their chalets and lodges, and WTA is helping clean up the trails in the area. You will be responsible for your own boat ticket on the "Lady of the Lake", which can be purchased at our meeting point, Fields Landing.

This is one of our Volunteer Vacations. There is $235 fee ($195 for WTA members). You will be required to fill out an application form including your outdoors experience and medical history before we can allow you to join the trip.

This is a week-long work party. You must be 18 years or older to attend. Participants must be able to attend all days. Late arrivals and early departures are not allowed. Driving directions:
We will meet at Field's Point Landing at 8:30am. Field's Point is up lake from the city of Chelan and is a good 3½-hour drive from Seattle. You should be at the landing no later than 8:30 a.m. In the past some people have driven over on Friday night and camped or stayed in a motel in Chelan. Be sure to arrive early, to get your gear down to the boat in plenty of time. To get to Field's Point take Alternate 97 North from Wenatchee on the west side of the Columbia River past Entiat to Highway 971 signed Lake Chelan State Park. Follow it to the lake and turn west or left on the lakeshore road. Field's Point is about 8 miles past the State Park. Your most excellent Crew Leader will contact you prior to the trip to finalize details.


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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